Wonderful at last! The wind has eased and so too the rain. I can see across the harbour. Open windows. Wide open doors. Refreshing tropical breeze. Hurrah! Hurrah!
Last night was truly scary. The noise was blizzard-like. Gale force winds rattled the glass in the windows. Potplants rocked against the walls. Leaves scratched on surfaces I could not see. Not comforting no matter what spin I put on things. Even the cat was upset, poor girl and showed it in the usual way. At last I escaped the bedroom and discovered that one room was fright-free. It amazes me that street level can be so calm but up here it seems we are living in a violent cloud. Thankfully this afternoon I found weather freedom. Plants rescued and rearranged. Nerves calm. The building site across the road is filled with murky brown water. Broken branches about the city. Leaves everywhere.
A pool party downstairs in our building celebrates Australia Day. The Fun Run and Ute Run were cancelled as well as many outdoor activities. And I usually enjoy the annual Fun Run and Walk for some completely unknown reason.
Evacuate immediately! Evacuate immediately! And so we all left the building promptly and in an orderly fashion. I heard the explosion as did several other residents. Turned out that our neighbours across the hall were responsible. Two fire engines. Two police officers.
Gazillions of people standing about on the footpath. Interesting. Memorable. Maybe even fun. And what did I do??? Abandoned my cat to be destroyed, or some other fate. I suspected a false alarm, but I was wrong. Pets are against the rules here. I wonder what I should do in the future.